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Hypocritical or Secret Giving

Matthew 6:1-4

It is good to give. But the motive for what we do will determine our reward. Religious people in Jesus' time often liked to be seen as generous patrons of the poor.

Hypocritical or Relational Praying

Matthew 6:5-8

It is very good to pray. Praying is an essential part of relating to God … it means to 'cry out' to Him.

The Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-15

True prayer honours the Lord more than the pray-er. Jesus commenced this 'pattern prayer' by honouring Father God.

Fasting in Faith

Matthew 6:16-18

After His extended discussion on prayer, Jesus returns to another way in which some religious people had become actors (hypocrites) and not real people of faith.

Treasure that Cannot be Taken Away

Matthew 6:19-21

We treasure whatever is valuable to us; but they can soon be taken away. Thieves can steal them, water can rust them, small animals and insects can eat them.

Illuminating the Soul

Matthew 6:22-23

The eye receives light from outside and transmits its message inside the person. Jesus said that the eye is like a lamp which shines inwards and the heart is illuminated by what the eye sees.

Faithful to your Master?

Matthew 6:24

Working as an employee demands loyalty and obedience to the boss. Serving two masters at the same time is confusing at best and disastrous at worst.

Do not Worry

Matthew 6:25-27

Fear comes to every sinner because fear is our response to the prospect of punishment (1 John 4:18). It is therefore natural to be afraid - which we most commonly exhibit as worry.

Small-Faith Worriers

Matthew 6:28-32

Clothes are important. They cover us up, and make us warm and socially attractive. But clothes can also be expensive.

Seek First His Kingdom

Matthew 6:33-34

Jesus had been exposing the foolishness of worrying (Matthew 6:25-32).

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